One dead in Highland Park area head-on crash

One dead in Highland Park crash on Figueroa

HIGHLAND PARK — One person was killed early this morning when two vehicles collided head on near Figueroa Street and Avenue 45, police said.

The victim, described as a 48-year-old Latino male, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Here’s a description of the crash from the LAPD Central Traffic Division:

“On October 21, 2017, at approximately 2:05 a.m., a vehicle #1 (1996 Toyota Tercel) was traveling Southbound #1 Lane of Figueroa Street passing Avenue 45, when the Toyota Tercel traversed into the Northbound #1 Lane of Figueroa Street colliding head on into vehicle #2 (1999 Ford Explorer) traveling Northbound in the #1 lane of Figueroa Street. The force of the collision caused the male driver of Toyota Tercel to suffer from severe head and body injuries, where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver was pronounced dead at scene by paramedics from the Los Angeles City Fire Department. The driver and passenger of the Ford Explorer, sustained moderate injuries and were transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital. They are both cooperating with investigating officers.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective Felix Padilla at (213) 486-0753 or the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 486-3713. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

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  1. There have been several accidents at the new roundabout before the Riverside Bridge connecting North Figueroa to Riverside Drive. People do not know how to drive. No one yields to oncoming traffic where the signs are posted. Drivers cross over and change lanes and jump over traffic where they are NOT suppose to.
    There have been many accidents already. Most do not get reported to LAPD since they don’t come out unless there are injuries.

    This roundabout was a horrible idea. It is a death trap waiting to happen. It needs to be changed back to the way it was. Don’t wait for someone to die.

    • Yeah – it gets pretty dicey at times, especially in the morning. Best not to trust that everyone knows what they’re doing. I stay in the farthest right lane and don’t cross until traffic is clear. Screw the impatient horn honking yahoos behind me – they can wait. As for this unfortunate accident, there is nothing you can do against a reckless (probably drunk), wrong way driver. These dangerous, thoughtless scumbags are a pox upon us.

      • No where in this report does it say the man who passed away was drunk. What’s pitiful is people who jump to assumptions before knowing the facts. This mans family is dealing with a loss and scumbags like you sit here and judge and assume Shit without knowing facts. Get the facts before you jump to name calling and assumptions. I pray you never go through what this mans family is going through and if so I hope someone like you is not there to start talking Shit about someone or something you know little about.

        • Sure, some idiot crosses onto on coming traffic, injuring two innocent motorists, and I’m the scumbag. The only silver lining in this unfortunate mess is that the innocent parties were spared – usually it’s the reckless drivers who survive while those they pulverize usually die. But why let those inconvenient details get in the way of defending a wrong-way driver. BTW – I didn’t say he WAS drunk – I said he PROBABLY was drunk. May be you should get YOUR facts straight, or just learn to read.

          • You are sitting here calling a man who lost his life a reckless (probably drunk), dangerous , thoughtless, scumbag! Your calling a man who can not defend himself names due to him getting into a ACCIDENT!? How do you know this man did not suffer from a heartattack or stroke or any other medical issue for that matter?! Sometimes these types of things are not preventable that is why it is called an accident! Your right about people who drive drunk being reckless thoughtless
            and dangerous I am in no way standing up for drunk or impaired drivers but this man lost his life and I believe it is pretty low for you to take shots at a man who has passed without knowing why this man went into the opposite lane.
            Your right I have no idea how I write or guess what all the letters mean since I don’t know how to read. Hahaha thanks for the suggestion.

        • What’s really pitiful are people who don’t properly read a comment and then use offensive language in their reply.

          Ishamine said, “As for this unfortunate accident, there is nothing you can do against a reckless (probably drunk), wrong way driver. These dangerous, thoughtless scumbags are a pox upon us.”

          He was referring to the driver of the car…seems pretty clear to me.

          • Hahaha yes your right androg is it? It is pitiful when someone responds to comment without fully reading it. Yes he is talking about the driver of the car as he is the only one who lost his life but Im so glad its clear to you. As for offensive language Im positive I didn’t say anything but SHIT! If SHITS the word you find offensive I can’t imagine there’s much that doesn’t offend you.

    • This accident was no where near there. I happen to think the roundabout is great. I use it several times a day and think it is great for traffic.

    • Susan what does this have to do with a person dying on Figueroa and 45?

    • “Most do not get reported to LAPD since they don’t come out unless there are injuries.”

      Get your facts straight. Approximately 50% of the crashes reported in LA do not include an injury. So please don’t repeat that false info.

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